Gmail Notifier Plus is a free program for Windows that checks your Gmail account for new messages regularly to notify you.
A first batch of third party applications that have been optimized for the Windows 7 operating system have been released in the past couple of weeks. Gmail Notifier Plus is the second application that makes good use of the new taskbar features of the Windows 7 operating system.
The program displays unread email messages and other information and links related to the Gmail account directly on the Windows 7 taskbar.
The two main features are the following: feature 1 displays previews of each unread email message right on the Windows 7 taskbar. It makes it possible to preview each unread email message right there, and go to the Gmail account with the click of the button.
The second feature is the Gmail jumplist. Jumplists basically display information and links to common tasks. The Gmail jumplists displays the unread email messages of the Gmail account; again with the possibility to access the account with the click of the button.
Common tasks like going to the inbox or writing a new email are displayed in the jumplist as well which allow a user to quickly access some of the most used features of Google Mail.
Gmail Notifier Plus is only compatible with Windows 7 and can be downloaded at the Neowin forum.
If you are a heavy Gmail user and use Windows, you may like Gmail Notifier Plus as it adds notifications directly to the desktop. This makes sense only obviously if you don't use a third-party program like Thunderbird to check your emails, as they may be supporting notifications as well.
Update: Gmail Notifier has not been updated since 2010. While that does has to mean that it is not working anymore, it is an indicator that the program is not under active development anymore at the very least.
What you can use instead is a browser extension such as Gmail Watcher for the Firefox web browser which can also notify you about new emails in your Gmail account. You do not have to enter your login information in the program directly, it works automatically when you are signed in to your Gmail account.